21 episodes

Pencils Down is a podcast for listeners wanting to learn more about the ins and outs of the securities brokerage landscape. Each episode will feature interviews with the world's leading investment bankers, placement agents, capital providers, and startup CEOs. If you’re looking for insightful conversations with leaders in the capital markets, you’ve come to the right place.
Welcome to Pencils Down!

Pencils Down Federico Baradello

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Pencils Down is a podcast for listeners wanting to learn more about the ins and outs of the securities brokerage landscape. Each episode will feature interviews with the world's leading investment bankers, placement agents, capital providers, and startup CEOs. If you’re looking for insightful conversations with leaders in the capital markets, you’ve come to the right place.
Welcome to Pencils Down!

    Finalis’ Expansion Opens Up Dealmaking Opportunities Abroad

    Finalis’ Expansion Opens Up Dealmaking Opportunities Abroad

    Earlier this year, Finalis took a major step forward, expanding overseas with the launch of its 15a-6 chaperoning line of business, introducing the UK investment banking sector to Finalis’ tech-enabled regulatory compliance solution.

    Join Finalis CEO Fed Baradello and his Pencils Down guest, Mathew McConnell, the company’s new International Business Manager, as they discuss how non-U.S. boutique investment bankers can gain efficient and expedited access to US capital markets via Finalis’ platform. And, conversely, how bankers on the Finalis platform can potentially access deals and funders in the UK and, eventually, across the EU.

    • 25 min
    Banking With a Heart—Chad Harding and the PEAK Technology Experience

    Banking With a Heart—Chad Harding and the PEAK Technology Experience

    Investment bankers arrive at their eventual careers in a variety of ways, some more orthodox than others. Chad Harding’s was fairly unconventional, in that he started out in chemistry, mathematics, and engineering, from which he took an abrupt 180-degree turn to banking.

    In his wide-ranging conversation with Pencils Down’s host, Finalis CEO Federico Baradello, Chad talks about that journey and the various paths and byways that led him to a career in investment banking and venturing on his own firm, after a couple of false—but nevertheless illuminating—starts. There is much hard-won wisdom to be gleaned in Chad’s story, for entrepreneurs and prospective founders.

    Join him and Fed in this fascinating story that truly humanizes investment banking, from just a domain that centers on deals and dealmaking, to one that shows that it’s eminently possible to have banking “with a heart.”

    • 34 min
    Life after Goldman Sachs

    Life after Goldman Sachs

    Leaving Goldman Sachs—where Centerfin CEO Kyrill Asatur's career was ascendant—was definitely not a move for the faint-hearted.

    In the years since founding his own boutique investment firm, Asatur's firm has been involved—much like Finalis is doing—in the democratization of the investment banking space, which is nothing less than a progressive transformation of the industry, with deep and abiding consequences for the future of finance.

    Join Asatur as he shares this story, and much more, with Pencils Down's host, Finalis CEO Fed Baradello, in Episode 19 of the podcast. Among the topics:

    • The advantages of a financial management solution that is digitally native

    • How a combination of passive, active, and alternative invesments helps build long-term wealth

    • Shifting the balance of power from Wall Street to Main Street

    • 34 min
    The Ultimate Guide to a Revolutionary Startup

    The Ultimate Guide to a Revolutionary Startup

    The past two and a half years have been an unparalleled time in world history for so many reasons, starting with the exogenous shock of the Covid-19 pandemic. A "black swan" event, as Finalis' Community Manager characterizes it in his wide-ranging interview of Finalis' CEO Federico Baradello, the global pandemic in early 2020 coincided with the launch of this regtech startup with an unapologetically audacious goal—nothing less than creating the world's largest securities brokerage platform.

    Tune in to this special episode of Pencils Down, in which its usual host becomes its guest and interviewee instead—as Fed talks about Finalis' beginnings and its phenomenal growth trajectory in just a little over two years, sharing deep and actionable insights about what it takes to found and grow a startup in a space no one previously had thought to develop.

    • 47 min
    Responsible Investing in an Evolving World

    Responsible Investing in an Evolving World

    Are the two worlds of investment banking and impactful change on planet Earth mutually exclusive? 

    We don’t think so. 

    Even though the concept has been around for a long time, the term “impact investing” didn’t hit our nomenclature until 2007. Historically, that tells you all you need to know about the type of priority something like climate change has had on investing. That’s all changing Logan Yonavjak, Director Of Sustainability at International Farming & Venture Partner & Advisor at SeaAhead, and Founder at Fuego Capital, is upending everything the financial industry has to say about the legitimacy of ESG and cause-based investment. 

    Join us as we discuss:

     Regenerative quotient
     The future of ESG 
     Course change in massive investment institutions

    • 27 min
    Consequences of the Covid Era: Moving from Virtual to Hybrid Work

    Consequences of the Covid Era: Moving from Virtual to Hybrid Work

    A rare positive story from the pandemic is the journey investment banking has taken navigating the shock of COVID-19, moving from adjusting to virtual technologies to embracing the hybrid between in-person and remote work. 

    Gaurav Bhasin, Managing Director at Allied Advisers, has engaged i n cross-border investment banking throughout his entrepreneurial career and sees the challenges of the last three years as an opportunity to push the industry forward, adapting to the needs of clients.  

    Join us as we discuss:

     Challenges pre- and post-COVID-19 in investment banking
     How adapting to a virtual world created a new hybrid-work landscape 
     Advice for those on a similar investment entrepreneurial path 

    • 34 min

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